In October 2020 my wife, Emma, died from a recurrence of clear cell ovarian cancer. Clear cell is rare, aggressive and resistant to treatment of which the choices are limited. Emma’s illness recurred within months and she was treated with the three standard ovarian cancer drugs during her two, six-month spells of chemotherapy in 2019 and 2020. Clear cell has a poor prognosis, and the chemotherapy was to prove ineffective. She would say to me ‘Why can’t I recover? why me?’ It’s been a horrendous three years for us as a family but, more importantly, what Emma had to go through was just not fair to such a brilliant person.

Emma was 46 and leaves me (Steve) and Aimee and Jolie, our daughters, who are 16. We were together for 25 years and married for 20, a fantastic time it was too. Emma worked in apprenticeships at a further education college and loved her job, her favourite possession was her kindle and she loved cinema, theatre, music and travel. Nothing, however, made her happier than watching our girls in their netball, karate and dance and just being with her family.

Throughout February, our daughter, Aimee, ran four miles a day to raise £1700 for Ovacome. Now, it’s my turn. I'm going to run three miles a day for 46 consecutive days, the equivalent of five marathons. Our girls will join me along with friends and family. I’ll start on the 26th April and finish on Emma’s birthday, June 10th.

We want to increase awareness of Ovarian cancer and the work Ovacome do to support patients with this awful disease. Every donation could make a huge difference to the life of someone going through diagnosis and treatment affected by this less common cancer. They were a big help to Emma.

Thank you for reading this and for your support in our challenge. 

Steve, (Emma), Aimee, Jolie Phelps.

Steve Phelps